Cartel 2016 / Welcome Messages / A Message from: Canada Council for the Arts

Investing in creativity — the path to Canadian prosperity

The future is now. Focusing on innovation is the surest way to stay in step with and take advantage of our changing world. We all have access to an unlimited, renewable resource: the ability to create, dream, imagine and re-invent our future. In Canada, 671,000 cultural workers, including 140,000 professional artists, energize our social, human and economic development. Culture’s contribution to the GDP is close to $50 billion. Investing in creativity is the path to Canadian prosperity.

The Canada Council for the Arts is proud to support Cartel, because art is serious business — for individuals, for society, for the present and for our future.

Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q.
Director and CEO
Canada Council for the Arts